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40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Pitchers

40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Pitchers
Starting Pitchers Kyle Hendricks Jon Lester Jose Quintana ??? (FA or Trade) ??? (FA or Trade) Swing: Mike Montgomery Three of the five slots are set in stone and the Cubs still possess valuable swing man Mike Montgomery to act as the 6th starter throughout the season. The expected free agent losses of Jake Arrieta... Read more »

Winter Leagues Report: Week 2

Winter Leagues Report: Week 2
Welcome to Week 2 of the winter leagues of the Caribbean!  In today’s addition, Myrtle Beach manager Buddy Bailey has steered his Aragua Tigers to first place in the Venezuelan Winter League with the help of Cubs prospect Carlos Penalver. For all the news on Cubs prospects this winter, make Cubs Den your destination. Dominican... Read more »

Around the League: Now what Cubs?, Zobrist, Arrieta, Jay, Expansion/Realignment, Dusty, Stanton, Murphy and More

Around the League: Now what Cubs?, Zobrist, Arrieta, Jay, Expansion/Realignment, Dusty, Stanton, Murphy and More
So….now what? The Cubs season is over for a variety of reasons. Mostly because the Dodgers scored just so many more runs than they did. But there is no shortage of theories on why. The Nationals series took too much out of them! The Cubs were exhausted! The team never clicked in 2017! They switched... Read more »
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Cubs Reportedly Fire Pitching Coach Chris Bosio

Cubs Reportedly Fire Pitching Coach Chris Bosio
I did not see this one coming. The Cubs have dismissed long-time pitching coach Chris Bosio after six years with the team according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The #Cubs have fired respected pitching coach Chris Bosio, and now could reach out to Jim Hickey,who’s a top candidate for #STLCards opening — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale)... Read more »

On Three Seasons of Success...So Far

On Three Seasons of Success...So Far
Last night, the Cubs finished their third season under Joe Maddon’s leadership, and when laid out objectively, the success can’t be argued against: Nearly 300 regular season wins Reached the NLCS in all three seasons World Series championship It’s only when we nitpick in some of the minutiae that we find a different list, one... Read more »

A Whimper--Dodgers A Metric Ton Cubs 1

A Whimper--Dodgers A Metric Ton Cubs 1
Well there wasn’t much bang for the Cubs in their final game of 2017. The drama was removed quickly as the Dodgers flipped the script from games 1-4. Jose Quintana walked Chris Taylor after yet another lengthy, grinding at bat from the Dodger leadoff hitter to start the game. Justin Turner struck out which provided... Read more »
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NLCS Game 5 Preview: Cubs vs Dodgers

NLCS Game 5 Preview: Cubs vs Dodgers
Five hits. Three homeruns. That was the result of last night’s (I’ll say it) improbable victory over the Dodgers to stave off elimination. Is that how you saw the game being played out? I sure didn’t. But whatever works I suppose. So tonight, there’s another chance. Another game to continue, what would be, one of... Read more »

Play it Again, Jake--Cubs 3 Dodgers 2

Play it Again, Jake--Cubs 3 Dodgers 2
The Dodgers outplayed the Cubs for 3 games. They always responded instantly to any outburst from the limp Cubs bat, and then added some additional runs when needed. The bullpen has been invicible, and there was little that made you think the outcome would be much different tonight. That is all except for Jake Arrieta.... Read more »

NLCS Game 4 Preview: Cubs vs Dodgers

NLCS Game 4 Preview: Cubs vs Dodgers
What you saw last night is a Cubs team that looked simply…tired. With some Spring Training games starting as early as late February, the Cubs have only had roughly 3 or 4 months off in the past year. And if you go back to to the 2015 season in which they were swept by the... Read more »
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One Foot in the Grave; Dodgers 6, Cubs 1

One Foot in the Grave; Dodgers 6, Cubs 1
Down two games to none heading into Game 3 tonight, I wanted to believe that this team could make it a series.  And hey, why not? This is, by and large, the team that ended the drought, and made us confident that they were never out of a game.  We had Kyle Hendricks on the... Read more »